John L. Micek

Streaming ‘Game of Thrones?’ You Should Care About Net Neutrality Bill | John L. Micek

If you’re like me, you’re probably going to sit down on Sunday night, popcorn and adult beverage in hand, to watch the start of the… Continue reading


Why Are We So Bad At Science? | John L. Micek

What do most Americans know about science? If a March 28 Pew Research Center poll is to be believed — not nearly enough. And at… Continue reading


There’s Will to Act on Guns in America. So Why Don’t We? | John L. Micek

Six days. That’s how long it took New Zealand’s parliament, led by Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern with the support of opposition leaders, to ban military-style… Continue reading


Nothing Pro-Family About Influential Conservative Council | John L. Micek

The conservative Family Research Council is out with its latest congressional scorecard. Shocking no one, it’s yet another reminder that the conservative organization’s overwhelming interest… Continue reading

What Two Republicans Tell Us About Today’s GOP | John L. Micek

The experience of two Republican lawmakers from Pennsylvania — a state that President Donald Trump won in 2016, and one that remains critical to his… Continue reading

America the Melting Pot? Not So Fast. | John L. Micek

America has a bunch of foundational myths — George Washington and his famed cherry tree, the belief that anyone can get ahead if they just… Continue reading

The Front Line in the Abortion Fight is Closer Than You Think | John L. Micek

So here’s another reason why it’s important to pay attention in what happens in your state capital. Last week, two Pennsylvania state lawmakers — both… Continue reading

Trump Makes Predatory Lending Great Again | John L. Micek

Here’s another reminder that, when it comes to the Trump administration, it’s more important to watch what the White House does, rather than what it… Continue reading

Trump’s Fake Photos Mask a Larger Truth | John L. Micek

Of course, it had to happen. The news this week that President Donald Trump’s handlers may have digitally altered his photographs to make him appear… Continue reading

The Illegal Immigrant Story Trump Isn’t Telling You | John L. Micek

If you passed Max Acuna on the street or on your way to work, or any one of those hundreds of places where people cross… Continue reading

What Would Jefferson Think of the Government Shutdown? | John L. Micek

WASHINGTON - It was a perfect post-Christmas day, as I watched tourists move in concentric circles around the Jefferson Memorial at the far edge of… Continue reading

Pelosi Gives Trump an Important Civics Lesson | John L. Micek

Somewhere, Dorothy Parker is smiling. In one withering remark on Tuesday, once (and now increasingly likely future) House Speaker Nancy Pelosi gave Donald Trump the… Continue reading

Will Trump Listen to Lindsey Graham? | John L. Micek

What got into Lindsey Graham? Maybe it was the wave of nostalgia for an old school Washington brought on by the funeral of former President… Continue reading

Bush-Appointed Judge Credits Roberts for Standing Up to Trump | John L. Micek

HARRISBURG, Pa. - John E. Jones III doesn’t look or sound much like a rebel. Like a lot of federal judges, he’s given to sober… Continue reading

A Break from the Political Grind, One Album at a Time | John L. Micek

A friend who works in campaigns recently joked that there ought to be a mandatory, two-week respite from any kind of political talk immediately after… Continue reading

You Didn’t Lose the Amazon Lottery. You Dodged a Bullet. | John L. Micek

So what do Crystal City, Va., and Long Island City, N.Y., have that your city or state doesn’t? Well, everything, as it turns out. Or… Continue reading

Spending My Childhood With Stan Lee | John L. Micek

On Sunday afternoons in the late 1970s and early 1980s, long after 11 a.m. mass had finished, my cousin and I would head down the… Continue reading

In One Pennsylvania City, a Street By Street Fight for Every Vote | John L. Micek

READING, Pa. - Paula Hass, as one former American president so often says, is fired up and ready to go. Standing in her doorway on… Continue reading

Control of the House Runs Through Pennsylvania | John L. Micek

ERIE, Pa. - It’s a Wednesday night in October, three weeks before Election Day, and Mike Kelly is onstage at the Erie Insurance Coliseum, home… Continue reading

Trump Goes Full Trump in Yet Another Pennsylvania Rally | John L. Micek

ERIE, PA - With his second U.S. Supreme Court confirmation in the bag, President Donald Trump took a victory lap around this city by the… Continue reading